"The Scout Trail of the Air" -- which adapted its name from the Boy Scouts' regular news column in the Trenton Sunday Times-Advertiser -- is starting its 10th year on the air.
During its first nine years the program has brought more than 12,000 participants into the WTTM studios, has grown from 15 to 30 minutes in length and established itself as a community service.
Its format has run the gamut of radio programs -- interviews, panel discussions, question and answer, juvenile jury, audience participation and talent shows to on-the-spot broadcasts. It has gained a professional touch as its narrator-producer gained experience in the field he entered as a hobby. No other Scout radio program in the world can boast such a record of continuous broadcasting.
The Scout Trail is still a hobby with David D. Rosmarin, a Trenton businessman who now finds himself known in international Boy Scout circles as a professional radio and television man. The program has done a lot for the George Washington boy Scout Council of which Rosmarin has become public relations director.
The Trail's air time also is open to other youth groups in the community and a number of programs have revolved around a comparison of their operations with Scouting. It has become a sounding board that gives young people a chance to talk up and be heard by large groups and at the same gives them an insight into their own thinking.
The program also serves as a workshop which has launched several youngsters into professional careers in radio and interested scores of others in improving their speech.
Has Wide Following
You might be surprised at the programs's regular followers - Boy Scouts who tune in at 9:30 for the latest information on hikes, camporees and Council events, of course - but dozens of letters indicate the program has many other listeners.
Rosmarin sees the microphone as a sort of magic catalyst in bringing parents and their youngsters, institutions which sponsor Boy Scout troops and the Scouts onto a common meeting ground. An open discussion before a micrphone has more than once put a faltering troop back on its feet. The interview with a den mother taking a course in leadership ("They're almost always mothers with four to six children and willing to take on a half-dozen more," sas Rosmarin) has frequently brought forth more volunteers who suddenly admit that "if that woman can find the time, so can I."
Tapes Played Back
Playing back the tapes also is popular with institutions which sponsor Scout troops. Several have been reintroduced to the troop which they have sponsored for years but which almost had been forgotten.
The air version of the Scout Trail hasn't had a complete script since its first broacast, and according to Rosmarin, has broken all the rules of "good radio" during its first nine years. It purposely has included youngsters who stuttered, musicians with three weeks training - "because it's sometimes more important to give these fellows a pat on the back than to turn out a polished product," says the producer.